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Do you believe Corfu is only about its beaches? You may want to reconsider.
Alright, Corfu is known for its stunning beaches. But there’s so much more to this Greek island than sunbathing.
Kerkyra, as it’s called in Modern Greek, is full of life and has so much character. The multicolored houses, incredible baklava, and culture make this island truly captivating.
Plus there’s the Venetian influence which makes you feel like you’re in Italy. The unique history is totally fascinating. Corfu has been influenced by Venice, France, and Greece, and its people are a lovely mix of all of that.
I have so much to say about Corfu but not enough time and space.
I first traveled to Corfu 2.5 years ago to experience the summer there. Admittedly, I spent most of that time enjoying the sun. However, I recently went back for a long weekend to experience more of the capital.
Which brings me to this post in which I am going to share my top picks for things to do in Corfu besides going to the beach.
Why You Should Visit Corfu, Greece
Wait! Did you read what I just wrote? The island is breathtakingly beautiful, picturesque, and romantic. The capital is really small, too, which makes Corfu the ideal destination for a weekend getaway.
Besides, there’s a wide variety of things to see and do in Corfu. What I really like is that there is something for every interest.
I get it: It’s easy to think that Corfu is all about going to the beach.
Please don’t misunderstand me: The beaches in Corfu are impressive. But as somebody who doesn’t really want to spend all day doing nothing on the beach, I was delighted by the range of interesting things to see and do off the beach.
Corfu is not merely a place where British tourists enjoy the nice weather; the island has so much more to offer than pristine beaches.
Without any further ado, here is my advice about things to do in Corfu.
What to See and Do in Corfu, Greece
Get Lost in the Jewish Quarter and Old Town
Corfu’s Jewish Quarter and Old Town are strikingly beautiful most importantly because of their Venetian architecture. As the island used to be under Venetian rule, the whole area is very pretty and unbelievably quaint. Add to that the fact that the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
On top of that, there’s always something interesting happening on the streets. Traditional parades or free concerts take place practically every night.
See the Achilleion
The Austrian Empress Sisi had a palace based on the mythical hero Achilles built a year after her son’s death. The palace is about 10km from Corfu Town and offers panoramic views over the island.
The palace is now a museum and very busy in the summer so parking will be hard to find if you come by car.
Stuff Yourself with Traditional Sweets from Rosy’s Bakery
Baklava. Cookies. Kumquat sweets. There are numerous delights at Rosy’s Bakery, and a long weekend isn’t enough to taste them all. That’s why you should take a huge box home with you. At least that’s what I did.
I know I already mentioned Rosy’s Bakery in my vegan travel post, but I can’t recommend it enough. I generally enjoy sweets, but the ones you can find here are simply out of this world.
Not only that
Visit the Patounis Soap Factory
Another activity I have mentioned before but can’t stop talking about. You can actually see how traditional olive soap is manufactured on the island.
See the Museum of Asian Art
Asian art is not something you would expect to see on a Greek island, and yet there’s an entire museum dedicated to it. Though I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed when I saw that the library entrance used Arabic-based scripts incorrectly.
See the Old and New Fortress
The Old Fortress is of Byzantine origin but was rebuilt by the Venetians, while the New Fortress was built entirely by the Venetians. Both fortresses offer spectacular views.
See the Liston
This gallery is made up of arcades and was built during French rule. There are several cafés, bars, and restaurants here so you can spend quite some time at the Liston. It’s perfect for people watching and simply relaxing with a hot chocolate or lemonade.
Where to Stay in Corfu
If you’re not going to Corfu for the beaches you want to stay in Corfu Town itself. I found a cheap Airbnb right in the center of the Old Town. This made my trips from and to the airport really easy as the airport is located only a short bus ride from the town.
If you haven’t signed up to Airbnb yet you can use this link for a discount on your first booking.
If you are planning to combine Corfu Town and the beaches on the rest of the island, the town itself is still a great place to stay as its location is quite central and you’ll be able to get around the island rather quickly. The first time we went to Corfu we stayed further in the south, and while it was very quiet there it meant that we only traveled to the north twice because the trips were too long.
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Corfu Is Perfect for a Weekend Break
Corfu definitely has a lot to offer. To everyone. There is so much to do in Corfu. So don’t hesitate to put it on your travel list! Corfu is a lovely place to visit.
Oh, and if you’re vegan, don’t forget to check out my post on all the vegan stuff in Corfu.
Have you ever been to Corfu, Greece? How would you like to visit? And do you have any further advice for the top things to do?